BITSP John Boye Character Analysis

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The narrative, BITSP written by John Boyne is set during the Second World War and follows the footsteps of a nine-year-old boy, Bruno. Bruno and his family have moved from their house in Berlin to Auschwitz due to their fathers position as commandment. Unhappy and lonely, he goes exploring behind his house one day and finds Shmuel, and a friendship begins. Boyne has utilised the narrative conventions of characterisation and setting to highlight the themes of racism and hate, nobody is born racist and the harsh realities of war. In doing so, Boyne triumphantly illustrates that it doesn’t matter what race or religion you are you have the right to be treated the same and what goes around, comes around.

Boyne employs the convention of characterisation to highlight the theme of racism and hate. Through the use of dialogue, Boyne demonstrates that Lieutenant Kotler is the epitome of an abhorrent, anti-semitic Nazi
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Through the use of language and in particular, metaphors Bruno is displayed to be a naive onlooker of World War Two and mispronounces commonly used words among the germans. As Bruno is oblivious and uneducated of knowing on what heinous things the Nazis performed, he continuously referred to the Führer (leader, meaning Hitler) as “the Fury”. This is a metaphor as Hitler was truly a crazy, delusional, furious man specifically towards Jews. Additionally, the camp near house the family lived in was named Auschwitz, because of this Bruno hears it continuously and mispronounces it as “Out-With”. His accidental statement can furthermore be used a metaphor as Auschwitz murdered millions of Jews intending the quote as “Out-With” the Jewish race. In doing so, Boyne substantiates that racism is a completely learned behaviour, and if sheltered and uneducated it is proven that well known words that belong to beliefs and religions, can be unknown to those certain

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